Happy New Year’s Eve! It’s that time of year when we begin to think about the upcoming year and explore the hopes, dreams and plans we’d love to see come to pass. This usually results in creating the anticipated (and also dreaded) New Year’s Resolutions. And while we can all agree that some of these promises to ourselves never bear much fruit beyond January (hello, gym membership I never use…) it is a continual impulse of our lives to reflect on where we are and to dream up avenues to achieve personal betterment. I thought I’d take a moment to share what my #lifegoals are for the upcoming year, and where God is directing my heart.

I have been reading a book called, “Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World” by Joanna Weaver.  This book was inspired by the Bible story about two sisters Martha and Mary, and their response to Jesus when He is present in their home.  You might be familiar with this illustration of Martha as the busy, task-focused server who gets overwhelmed and complains to Jesus about her sister who is doing a whole lot of nothing (as she sees it) sitting and listening at the feet of Jesus.

Many people use this passage to gently chide some of us “doers” which I have to admit I find myself being, either out of necessity or at this point in my life–pure habit. But as I read this passage from Luke 10:41-42 again, something different struck me that I never considered before:

Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things,  but few things are needed—or indeed only one.  Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

Jesus definitely simplifies things for Martha when He tells her only one thing is needed: to simply be present with Him and to be willing to listen and learn from Him.

Lifegoal 1:  Make this one thing my first priority every day

What Jesus doesn’t say to Martha is that she’s too busy. This is how I’ve always taken it. He actually addresses her attitude. He says, “You are worried and upset about many things,” not that she is DOING too much. I wonder if Martha really grasped Who was sitting in her midst, and how much of an honor it was to serve Jesus in her home. If she had truly known, she might have had an overwhelming joy and renewed and steeled sense of purpose as she was busying herself with the tasks required to serve the King of Kings.  Her heart would have been so full of joy and love, there would have been no room for complaint and frustration as she was doing a myriad of tasks for Jesus.

Lifegoal 2: Remember it is a privilege that I get to serve the Lord in all my work and to be so focused on Him that the only response I have is joy and gratitude.

In summary, I plan to keep my eyes on Jesus; whether during the quiet times when He is my sole focus, or in the busy times I am ultimately serving Him with joy. Pray for me to see the fruit of these efforts, and I will be praying for you to grow closer to the Lord and that you would experience the abundance of His love in 2018. Happy New Year!